Chapter 5. Aortic Dissection

  1. Jeroen J. Bax MD, PhD3,
  2. Christopher M. Kramer MD4,
  3. Thomas H. Marwick MD, PhD Professor of Medicine5 and
  4. William Wijns MD, PhD6
  1. Debabrata Mukherjee MD1 and
  2. Kim A. Eagle MD2

Published Online: 30 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444312898.ch5

Cardiovascular Imaging: A Handbook for Clinical Practice

Cardiovascular Imaging: A Handbook for Clinical Practice

How to Cite

Mukherjee, D. and Eagle, K. A. (2005) Aortic Dissection, in Cardiovascular Imaging: A Handbook for Clinical Practice (eds J. J. Bax, C. M. Kramer, T. H. Marwick and W. Wijns), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444312898.ch5

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Department of Cardiology, University Hospital Leiden, Albinusdreef 2, 2333A Leiden, The Netherlands

  2. 4

    Departments of Radiology and Medicine, University of Virginia Health System, Box 800170, Charlottesville, VA 22908, USA

  3. 5

    University of Queensland, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, Q4102, Australia

  4. 6

    Cardiovascular Centre, OLV Hospital, Moorselbaan 164, Aalst, 9300, Belgium

Author Information

  1. 1

    Gill Heart Institute and Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Kentucky, 900 S Limestone, 326 Wethington Building, Lexington, KY 40536-0200, USA

  2. 2

    Internal Medicine, North Ingalls Building, 300 North Ingalls, Room NIB 8B02, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0047, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 SEP 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405131315

Online ISBN: 9781444312898



  • rapid and non-invasive diagnostic imaging;
  • transthoracic echocardiography (TTE);
  • classification of aortic dissection – based on intimal tear and dissecting hematoma;
  • preferred imaging modality;
  • International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection (IRAD);
  • computed tomography – fast, accurate, non-invasive method;
  • magnetic resonance imaging;
  • three-dimensional magnetic resonance angiography (3D MRA)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Chest X-ray

  • Echocardiography

  • Computed tomography

  • Magnetic resonance imaging

  • Aortography

  • Choice of imaging modality

  • Conclusions

  • References